Official list of Responsibility Centre (RC) codes used in GCMS
All about ATIP time extension
Government agencies like IRCC, CBSA and CSIS are permitted under the ATIP Act to take a time extension for a reasonable period of time. Extensions are always in addition to the statutory 30 day limit. Find out what it means and what can be done about it.
All about the visa office
Immigration regulations state where a visa application must be submitted, they do not stipulate where an application must be processed, which can be at any visa office outside Canada or inside Canada.
All about the Letter of Explanation (LoE)
Under some circumstances, applicants may need to add a Letter of Explanation (LoE) to their immigration application. Follow these simple rules to write an effective Letter of Explanation.
GCMS from IRCC vs CBSA
Frequently Asked Questions about requesting GCMS and Entire File from IRCC vs CBSA
All about the Progress Bar
The progress bar just shows the time elapsed from the day an application is submitted. It does not inform what stage or how far an application has been processed.
All about Info Sharing
Info sharing is part of Background check & information is shared with Canada’s partner agencies & intelligence partners in the Five Eyes alliance ( Australia, New Zealand, UK & US) to combat international terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity & organized crime.
Biometric exemption for permanent residence applicants
Biometric exemption for PR applicants with previous biometrics on file. Operationalized on September 22, 2020 after changes made to GCMS.
Guide to Web Form responses after expiry of the 6 month processing mark!
Definitive guide to Web Form responses after expiry of the 6 month processing mark! See samples responses & understand how to make sense of it.
How to read, interpret and understand GCMS Notes
The vast majority of GCMS notes are not complex to understand! This article shows you exactly where to find the relevant information and make the most of your GCMS notes & time.